Charles Espenlaub

  • Birthdate: 09/22/1968
  • Hometown: Tampa, Florida
  • Residence: Lutz, Florida

Brief Bio:

Charles Espenlaub has been a Mazda sports car driver for several years and a key part of Dempsey Racing since it entered GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series GT competition at the end of the 2007 season.  Espenlaub almost always joins the team for endurance events and is the primary stand-in when Patrick Dempsey is unable to participate in races.  Espenlaub has partnered Foster for some of the No. 40 Dempsey Racing Mazda RX-8 GTs best results in addition to being a winning competitor in the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge and the SCCA Pro SPEED World Challenge. In between races Charles can be found either instructing at the Miller Performance Training Center at Miller Motorsports Park in Utah or fishing in the Everglades near his Florida home.

2010 – (Through June 1) Joined Dempsey, Foster and Scott Maxwell in the No. 40 Dempsey Racing Mazda RX-8 GT in the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona where they finished a Dempsey Racing career-best sixth in the day-long race.

2009 – Joined Foster for several Dempsey Racing career-best marks in the No. 40 Mazda RX-8 GT, including fourth-place finishes at Barber Motorsports Park and Montreal.  Espenlaub was also leading the short-course race at Watkins Glen before a mechanical retirement.  Finished a career-best fifth in SPEED World Challenge Touring standings with second-place runs at Mosport, Watkins Glen and Road America, and winning the pole at Mid-Ohio.

2008 – Finished a then Dempsey Racing-best fifth at VIR with Foster in the team’s first full season in the No. 40 Mazda.  Finished eighth in SPEED World Challenge Touring standings with back-to-back fourth-place results at Sebring and VIR.

2007 – Was part of the No. 40 Mazda team’s debut in Rolex Series GT at Miller Motorsports Park co-driving with Dempsey and Foster.  Finished second in Iowa Continental Tire series race.  Earned two top-five and six top-10 finishes in SPEED World Challenge Touring with a best finish of third at Watkins Glen.

2006 – Ran the majority of the Rolex Series GT season.  Won season-opening Continental Tire series race at Daytona with Eric Lux.  Eighth in SPEED World Challenge Touring championship standings with four top-five and six top-10 finishes, including second at Road America from the pole. 

2005 – Made six Rolex Series GT starts and five Continental Tire series starts.  Scored first SPEED World Challenge Touring win at Mosport and pole at Cleveland, finishing seventh in the championship.

2004 – With Foster as one of his co-drivers, finished fifth in SGS class in the Rolex 24.  Also ran two Continental Tire series races.  Earned three top-10 finishes in SPEED World Challenge Touring, including second at Mosport.

Early Career – 2003: Raced in World Challenge Touring and made one World Challenge GT start.  2002:  Raced in World Challenge Touring. Won in former GRAND-AM Cup ST II class at Phoenix.  2001: Ran seven World Challenge Touring races.  Made one Rolex Series GT start. Finished third at Daytona in former GRAND-AM Cup SGS class.  2000: Finished sixth at Road America in former Rolex Series GTU class.  Began racing in the 1990s in Speedvision Cup, Porsche Club, Historic Sportscar Racing (HSR), Motorola Cup, NASA and SCCA club events.